Karen Boone is a nature lover and backpacker creating sustainable paintings using natural pigments.
Karen has hiked in Costa Rica, the Grand Canyon, John Muir Trail, Glacier National Park, Utah, Peru and many others. She makes tiny sketches in the field, then creates larger pieces in the studio, focusing on nature’s powerful colors and energy.
Karen finds small pieces of clay, dries and crushes it with a pestle and mortar to mix with walnut oil. She stretches her own canvases using organic cotton and vegan gesso (no rabbitskin or horse hooves).
To reflect her minimalist lifestyle, Karen uses eco-friendly art supplies, and inspires others to enjoy and protect nature.
Although self taught as a painter, Karen has her masters degree from Basel School of Design Switzerland, worked as a graphic designer for Pentagram Design NY and San Francisco for seven years, and two years in Tokyo. She is a 3-time Kentucky Derby Festival Poster artist, has had solo painting shows and was recently invited to join the Pine Mountain Collective in Appalachia. Karen currently lives on 10 peaceful acres in Borden Indiana with Rick Runyon, her partner in adventure.
Karen Boone hiking the Inca Trail in Peru
2018: Pine Mountain Collective member, in Appalachia
2018: Special Recognition in Light Space and Time “Abstracts” Online Exhibition. They received 952 entries from 29 different countries and 40 states.
2018: Louisville Visual Art (LVA) Vignette
2018: Solo Show, Rainbow Blossom Natural Markets
2015, 1999, 1996: KY Derby Festival Poster Artist
2015: International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)
Silver Award: Best Commemorative Poster
Bronze Award: Best limited Edition poster
2010: Solo Show, Lilly’s Bistro
2007: Solo Show, Bristol Downtown
1997: St. James Court Art Show Poster artist
Numerous LGDA awards, AIGA Awards and Graphis.
Pentagram Design: Graphic designer New York/San Francisco
PAOS: Graphic designer Tokyo, Japan
Karen Boone Design, since 1996
Masters from Basel School of Design, Switzerland ‘83
University of Louisville BA '82
Sacred Heart Academy '79